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Health benefits of Garlic

Posted Mar 02 2011 10:35am

Health benefits of Garlic

Source - Reader’s Digest

Garlic boosts the immune system, controls blood sugar and lowers blood cholesterol. It is helpful in treating respiratory problems and poor digestion. It is known to have wonderful antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal and antioxidant properties.

Other interesting facts:

Garlic has been used throughout history to ward off the Plague and to protect soldiers from gangrene. Today this herbal “wonder drug” is used for a myriad of health problems, including high cholesterol and coughs.

Know Your Garlic:

For those looking to reduce sodium intake, garlic is the answer! The hot, strong taste of fresh garlic gives food a zing no amount of salt can equal. Buy cloves in bulk and store in a cool, dark place.

To get the most health benefits out of your garlic:

Always peel it first. Otherwise, some of the disease-preventing compounds might not form.
Give it a break after cutting or crushing it. Leave it there on the cutting board for about 10 minutes to allow the health-promoting compounds to form.

To get rid of garlic breath, chew on fresh parsley, mint, or lemon or orange peels, and use lemon juice to get the odor off your hands.

Healthy Investments

Garlic Peelers and Garlic Crushers are two gadgets that make using fresh garlic not only easy, but fun. A garlic peeler — really, a small plastic tube — takes the work and mess out of peeling garlic. Just put a whole garlic clove inside the tube and roll it back and forth, pressing firmly. Voilà! A naked clove, ready for your garlic crusher.



Health Benefits of Almonds ( Badam )



Source - Reader’s Digest



Almonds contain omega 6 fatty acids that play a crucial role in brain functions as well as normal growth and development. They help in stimulating skin and hair growth, regulate metabolism and maintain bone health. 


Other facts:



Almonds are a powerhouse of nutrients. While high in calories (170 per ounce — 20 to 25 nuts), they have the best ratio of important nutrients to calories of any nut. A good source of vegetable protein and vitamin E, almonds are exceptionally high in riboflavin. They also contain large amounts of calcium, iron, zinc, thiamine, niacin, and folic acid. They’re high in fiber and low in sodium. Clearly, you’d be nuts not to enjoy them often! Eat moderately !! Not more than 5 almonds !!!


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